Little Jimmy Dickens is Victim of Identity Theft; Julie Roberts Releases New EP; New Music Videos
- The change to Billboard’s Hot Country music chart, in which digital sales, web-streamed play and non-country-radio spins will influence chart performance has caused quite the internet flutter. Some takes on the change:
Matt Bjorke at Roughstock
The Triggerman at Saving Country Music
Edward Morris at CMT
Kevin John Coyne at Country Universe
And now there’s a petition to reverse the decision.
- Former American Idol contestant and Broken Bow artist Kristy Lee Cook has released a new track, “Airborne Ranger Infantry,” that you can listen to here.
- Sweethearts of the Rodeo are releasing Restless on 10/23, their first album since 1996.
- Although the museum is not finished yet, the Johnny Cash Museum gift shop is open.
- In late 2013, letterpress shop Hatch Show Print will move from its current location into a custom-designed space at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
- Two large publishing houses in Nashville won a court decision that states the unauthorized printing of lyrics is similar to posting unlicensed music: “The NMPA and plaintiffs Warner/Chappell Music, Peermusic and BMG (Bug Music Inc.) were granted $6.6 million for copyright infringement from various websites under the umbrella of LiveUniverse and its owner, MySpace founder Brad Greenspan, on Oct. 9. The U.S. District Court of California awarded awarded damages of $12,500 per infringement for 528 copyrights, including “China Girl,” “Moondance,” “Georgia On My Mind” and “(Don’t Go Chasing) Waterfalls.” The first-of-its kind case established liability for posting unlicensed song lyrics websites, which potentially generate millions in advertising revenue.”
- Julie Roberts released an EP last week called Covered in which she recorded John Prine, Otis Redding and Patsy Cline tracks. The Cline track is especially nice.
- Emerson Drive has a new album coming out at the end of October.
- Taylor Swift’s new relationship is with Papa John.
- B.B. Cunningham, Jr., a musician in Jerry Lee Lewis’ band, was killed in a shootout in Memphis Sunday morning.
- C.M. Wilcox thinks the new Ronnie Fauss album is worthy of some praise: “There’s a sadness undergirding Dallas songslinger Ronnie Fauss’ first full-length album, but it’s not expressed in ways that are dour or maudlin. No, it’s more a sense of lived hardship sharpening perception, a sensitivity to the struggles and frustrations of everyday existence. An empathy for his fellow travelers, maybe.”
- Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood are back at it again, cutting some funny and cute commercials for their upcoming CMA Awards hosting gig.
- Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” went gold.
- The Time Jumpers have enlisted Grey’s Anatomy star Chyler Leigh in their upcoming music video for “On the Outskirts of Town.”
- Sales for The Cowboy Rides Away, George Strait’s last tour, got off to a very good start late last week.
- Tim McGraw will have a guest spot on R&B singer Ne-Yo’s upcoming album.
- Trace Adkins will be going back to Celebrity Apprentice next season.
- Arlo Guthrie’s wife, Jackie, passed away yesterday at the age of 68 after a battle with cancer.
- The second season of Trisha Yearwood’s Trisha’s Southern Kitchen is kicking off Saturday.
- Sarah Darling will be performing on a January episode of The Bachelor.
- Byron Gallimore’s Streamsound Records label signed Austin Webb.
- Ray Wylie Hubbard filmed a cool performance over at Music Fog.
- Kevin Fowler has some fun with snakes.
- Danielle Peck will premiere her new single “Impossible Dreams” on Marie Osmond’s daytime television show Marie tomorrow. (via press release)
- Bluegrass radio lost a big supporter last week with the passing of Sandy Knipp. He was the host of “Bluegrass Diversion” on Morehead State Public Radio for over 20 years.
- Loretta Lynn graces the cover of this week’s Country Weekly.
- A Henderson, TN man was arrested for credit card fraud and identity theft against Little Jimmy Dickens and others. Other Grand Ole Opry members may have been targeted.
- Sammy Kershaw will release A Sammy Klaus Christmas on 10/22: “The ten-track album is chock full of Kershaw’s signature style and unmistakable vocals and includes classic sing-along holiday standards like “Jingle Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” as well as traditionals like “Silent Night,” “The Twelve Days Of Christmas” and the bluesy “Santa Claus Is Back In Town.”” (via press release)
- New music videos from the last week or two:
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."